Group 11 secretary Paul Loxley isn't allowing the thought of defeat at this weekend's representative cluster to enter his mind.
Group 11's senior, league tag, and junior sides will make the trip to Lithgow on Saturday for the annual grudge matches against Group 10.
The Group 11 squads were announced on Sunday night and while a number of players are unavailable due to either injury of personal commitments across the three grades, Loxley likes the look of each of the sides.
After no play went ahead last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be Group 11's first look at Group 10 since the neighbouring competition lost the Blayney, Oberon, and Cowra clubs from its top grade competition.
Group 10 proved too good for the Group 11 seniors in both 2018 and 2019.
"Two years ago we played Group 10 and they were a powerhouse then and had Blayney and Oberon," Loxley said.
"I don't think they're not the powerhouse they were and they're down to five sides. We might not have the same issues we had in 2018 and 2019.
"Any Group 11 side is good enough to beat Group 10. I would not be even contemplating defeat."
Alex Ronayne will lead the senior Group 11 sides and headlines a strong Macquarie Raiders contingent.
The captain-coach is joined in the representative side by winger props Nick Harvey and Jack Kavanagh, winger Sam Coe, and boom centre Pone Tongia, while Richie Peckham will provide a utility option from the bench.
Macquarie is the most well-represented in the squad while CYMS trio Ali Beale, Brad Pickering and Jyie Chapman have all been named in the backline.
Pickering will be joined in the halves by Forbes' Nick Greenhalgh.
"I think it's a good side given the circumstances," Loxley said.
"You want the best side you've got on the paddock but given it's a general bye some people are away, plus there's injuries."
Some injuries will have to be watched this week with Pickering, Beale, and Harvey among those who suffered knocks on the weekend.
We've got a really good guy running the show.Paul Loxley on Alex Ronayne
Wellington captain-coach Justin Toomey-White is the most notable player who is unavailable for the representative match while CYMS' Jeremy Thurston, who has scored back-to-back hat-tricks the past two rounds, was also unavailable for Saturday.
The squad is expected to come together on Friday evening for a training run under Ronayne.
"'Aka' (Ronayne) has put his heart and soul into this and he would love to win it. We've got a really good guy running the show," Loxley added.
Powerful forwards Oliver Gordon and Guy Thompson, from Macquarie and Nyngan respectively, were two of the biggest names to miss out on selection after the pair both represented the Western Rams earlier this season.
Loxley said their omission is proof of the depth in quality forwards in Group 11 now compared to previous years.
The league tag squad also has some big names missing, namely CYMS' Maddi Crowe and Parkes livewire Jorja Simpson, but the likes of India Draper and Maddi Chapman provide representative experience while a batch of up-and-coming stars have earned their first senior call-up.
Kaitlyn Mason was named as coach but is now unavailable this weekend so a replacement is expected in the coming days.
The juniors' side is a much-changed one as this year it was agreed any player who had lined up in a representative game - with the Western Rams or in the SG Ball - is unavailable for selection.
The weekend will provide a new group of young players the chance to test themselves against Group 10.
Matches will be played at Lithgow's Tony Luchetti Sportsground on Saturday with the league tag first at 12.30pm, followed by the juniors, and then seniors at 2.45pm.
GROUP 11 SQUADS
- SENIORS: 1 Ali Beale (CYMS), 2 CJ Ralph (Wellington), 3 Jyie Chapman (CYMS), 4 Pone Tongia (Macquarie), 5 Sam Coe (Macquarie), 6 Brad Pickering (CYMS), 7 Nick Greenhalgh (Forbes), 8 Nick Harvey (Macquarie), 9 Isaac Thompson (Narromine), 10 Jack Kavanagh (Macquarie), 11 Bailey Hartwig (Parkes), 12 Alex Ronayne (Macquarie), 13 Ben Maguire (Forbes); Bench: 14 Mac Dutfield (Wellington), 15 Jordan Pope (Parkes), 16 Dennis Spathis (Parkes), 17 Richard Peckham (Macquarie). Coach: Alex Ronayne.
- LEAGUE TAG: 1 India Draper (Parkes), 2 Jacyntah Powell (Wellington), 3 Ebony Furner (Macquarie), 4 Bindi Shaw (Macquarie), 5 Courtney Hodge (Forbes), 6 Keelie Blackhall (Wellington), 7 Isabella Attwater (Macquarie), 8 Maddi Chapman (CYMS), 9 Sophie Whiteman (CYMS), 10 Payton Reynolds (Macquarie), 11 Skye Crawford (CYMS), 12 Bailee Griffiths (Nyngan), 13 Shay Naden (Macquarie), 14 Maddison McGuiness (Narromine), 15 Daniella Frail (Narromine). Coach: TBC.
- JUNIORS: 1 Justin Walker (Wellington), 2 James Parsons (Parkes), 3 Tye Sutherland (CYMS), 4 Harry Scott (Forbes), 5 Noah Strickland (CYMS), 6 Blake Merritt (Macquarie), 7 Tyrone Tattersall (Macquarie), 8 Brad Deveigne (CYMS), 9 Dalin Smith (Macquarie), 10 Macauley Ryan (Macquarie), 11 Kayne Bailey (Parkes), 12 Campbell Rubie (Forbes), 13 Cooper Taylor (Wellington); Bench: 14 Tyler Beer (Narromine), 15 Isaac Frost (Macquarie), 16 Rory Quarmby (Nyngan), 17 Nat Lindsay (Wellington). Coach: Ben Bruce.
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